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Why Bradley Beal's extension could be good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Bradley Beal's 2-year, $72 million extension with the Washington Wizards could have implications for the Cleveland Cavaliers and a potential Kevin Love trade.
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 135-128. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CLEVELAND — Every year, there seems to be an NBA star player who gets traded midseason.

And while the league's 2019-20 campaign is still a week away from kicking off, it doesn't appear that Bradley Beal will be this season's star on the move.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Beal has agreed to a 2-year, $72 million extension with the Washington Wizards, which includes a player option for the 2022-23 season. Although Washington appears to be in the early stages of a rebuild, Beal's new deal keeps him under team control for at least the next three seasons and seemingly removes the 2-time All-Star's name from the trade rumor mill it had recently been a part of.

As a result, teams looking to bolster their rosters this season will now be forced to look elsewhere. And the place they may ultimately turn their attention toward could be Cleveland.

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss (3 ), guard Matthew Dellavedova (18), guard Collin Sexton (2) and guard Jordan Clarkson (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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After all, even after he signed an extension of his own just a year ago, that hasn't stopped many from speculating about Kevin Love's future with the Cavaliers. And with Cleveland having fully pivoted to a youth-centric rebuild this past offseason, those trade rumblings have only since picked up steam.

"We do have a young team. We have a new coach, we have a number of new players," Love acknowledged at Cavs media day last month. "I think there's always going to be that idea to restart and go younger. But until that time comes, or if it ever comes, I'm just going to continue to be me and play great, stay healthy and just try to get the best out of myself and the players on this team."

But while no serious talks regarding Love have seemed to emerge, that could soon change. With Beal now off the market, Love is one of the few established All-Star players in the NBA who is also seemingly available in a potential trade.

While it may be too early to know which teams might be interested in acquiring Love, some obvious candidates stand out. The Miami Heat lay claim to a plethora of young talent, but could also stand to add an established star to pair with Jimmy Butler. The Portland Trail Blazers have long been linked to Love -- an Oregon native -- and could decide now is the time to pull the trigger on a trade.

Other teams who could be interested in Love -- given that the NBA title appears as up for grabs as any other time in recent memory -- include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.

As for what kind of return Love could net Cleveland, that remains unclear. But with the NBA season a week away from starting, this much seems certain: the 5-time All-Star's value just went up and the trade rumblings won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

 "There's always going to be that noise," Love said last month. "That's going to continue this year, next year, however many -- I have four years left on this deal."